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atlanta. we're keeping a close watch on hurricane sandy making its way along the atlantic coast. in the meantime, the campaigning for presidency continues. you're looking at president barack obama in new hampshire while obama as well as mitt romney will be modifying their touring, crisscrossing the battleground states because of the weather. for now, the president is taking advantage of this visit, his tenth visit to new hampshire. >> 70 degrees and sunny. can everybody please give it up for your outstanding united states senator, gene shaheen? your next governor, maggie hessen. your next congresswoman, annie custer. and i've got to say something special about one of the most talented singers, songwiteriter
that america has had. he's a great friend, he's been working his tail off on behalf of the campaign. i couldn't be prouder he's working with us, james taylor. give him a big round of applause. i love you back. ten days, new hampshire. ten days. ten days and you'll be stepping into a voting booth and making a defining choice about the future of our country. not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for america. we believe in the value of the largest middle class, the strongest economy the world has ever known. the promise that hard work will pay off, the promise that responsibility will be rewarded.
the idea at the core of this nation that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, this is a country where everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share. everybody plays by the same rules. that's what we believe here in america. we believe that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. we insist on personal responsibility. we don't believe anybody is entitled to success. we know we all have to earn it. we honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk takers. everybody who has been the driving force behind our free enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity the world has ever known. but we also believe that the true measure of prosperity is more than just a running tally of corporate balance sheets,
quarterly profit reports. we measure prosperity not by how many millionaires and billionaires we produce. we measure prosperity by how well a typical family is doing. by whether our kids are getting a great education and go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them. we understand that in this country, people succeed when they've got a chance at a decent education, when they can learn new skills, and by the way, so do the businesses that hire them. or the companies that they start. we believe our economy grows when we support research into medical breakthroughs or new technologies like clean energy and fuel efficient cars. we know that our country is stronger when we can count on affordable health insurance and medicare and social security. when we protect our kids from
toxic dumping and mercury pollution. when there are rules in place to make sure we're not taking advantage of by credit card companies or mortgage lenders or unscrupulous financial institutions. we know we're better off when politicians in washington aren't allowed to make decisions about health care that women are perfectly capable of making for themselves. that's what we believe. that's the vision that we embrace. i appreciate that. governor romney now, he's got an entirely different view about what this country is about. don't boo. vote. vote. he's been running around saying he's got a five-point plan for the economy.
turns out it's a one-point plan. those at the top get to play by a different set of rules than you do. they get to pay lower tax rates. outsource jobs, they want to let wall street run wild, make reckless bets with other folks' money. that was the philosophy as ceo, as governor, and as president clinton said, he does have a lot of class, but he's not talking about change. all he's offering is a big rerun of the same policies that created so much hardship for so many americans. and you know, governor romney has been out here making a lot of last-minute promises lately. said he's all about fighting for the middle class. said he would cut taxes for everybody. and ask something from nobody, but the problem is we heard those promises before. keep in mind governor romney
lives just a few miles south of here in the state of massachusetts. love massachusetts. but during governor romney's campaign for governor down there, he promised the same thing he's promising now. said he would fight for jobs and middle class families. but once he took office, he pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefitted 278 of the wealthiest families in the state, and then he raised taxes and fees on middle class families to the tune of $750 million. does that sound familiar to you? now, when he's asked about this, he said, these weren't taxes. these were fees. keep in mind, there were higher fees to be a barber, higher fees to become a nurse. there were higher fees for gas. there were higher fees for milk.
there were higher fees for blind people who needed to get a certificate that they were blind. he raised fees to get a birth certificate, which would have been expensive for me. [ cheers and applause ] he raised fees -- he raised fees for marriage certificates and fees for funeral homes. so there were literally cradle to grave tax hikes and fees. and when he left office, there were only three states in the country that had created fewer jobs than massachusetts. and by the way, one of them was louisiana, that had been hit by hurricane katrina. he talks a lot about small businesses, still talks about it. says i'm a business guy, i know
about small businesses. massachusetts when he was governor ranked 48th in small business creation. and one of the two states that ranked lower was louisiana that had gotten hit by hurricane katrina. so this is a guy who has a track record of saying one thing and doing something else. on the other hand -- on the other hand, when i ran four years ago, i made promises, too. i promised to cut taxes for middle class families. and i did. by $3,600. i promised to cut taxes for small business owners. and i did, 18 times. i promised to end taxpayer funded wall street bailouts, and we have. and by the way, we got every dime worth of money we used for the bank rescue, and we got
interest with it, too. i promise to take on those financial institutions that were charging too much for student loans, and we were able to make college more affordable for millions of americans. i promised i would never walk away from the millions of jobs that were in jeopardy when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. we decided to ignore governor romney's business advice when he said america should go bankrupt, and now america, we're building the best cars on earth. four years ago, i promised to end the war in iraq, and we did. i promised that we would begin the transition in afghanistan, and we are. i said we'd go after the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, and thanks to the brave men and women in uniform, the courage of our navy s.e.a.l.s, al qaeda is on the path to defeat, and osama bin laden is dead.
after losing 9 million jobs, under the theory that governor romney is now promoting, our businesses under the ideas we've been working with, have added more than 5 million new jobs over the last two and a half years. manufacturing, highest job growth in manufacturing since the 1990s. the unemployment rate is falling. manufacturing coming back to our shores. our assembly lines are humming again. housing prices are starting to pick up. we've got a lot of work to do, but new hampshire, the country has come too far for us to turn back now. we can't afford to go back to the policies that got us into this mess. we've got to continue with the policies that are getting out of the mess. we've got to move forward and that's why i am running for a second term as president of the united states.
>> four more years! four more years! four more years! >> now, i'm going to do it with you. we can do it together. you know, now, unlike governor romney's plan, he doesn't like to talk about it too much. i have a plan that will actually create jobs, that will actually lower our deficit. and will actually provide the middle class with a greater sense of security. and the good news is my plan, the math adds up. if you want to check it out, you can go to barackobama.com/plans. and i want you to share it with
your friends and your neighbors and your coworkers. there are still people out there who are trying to make up their minds. some of you who are here may be trying to make up your mind. maybe your girlfriend dragged you out here. oh, no. maybe grandma said you have to go to the obama rally. and you're still trying to figure it out. so i'm asking you to compare my plan with governor romney's. i want you to know what we're proposing, each of us, and see which plan is better for you. and what is better for the future of america. so number one, i want to end tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas. i want to reward small businesses and manufacturers who are putting down roots here, hiring american workers, creating american products stamped with three proud words "made in america." we can bring those jobs back to our shores.
number two, i want to cut our oil imports in half by 2020 so we control more of our own energy. because of the work we have already done, increasing oil production, increasing natural gas production, but also emphasizing renewables like solar and wind and bio fuels. today, we're less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades. that's good for your pocketbook. that's good for our national security, it's good for the environment. and one reason we have been able to -- we have confidence we can keep on making progress is we have doubled the fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks so in the middle of the next decade, you'll go twice as far on a gallon of gas. i want us now to build on that progress. we've got to keep making those investments. i don't want fuel efficient cars and long lasting batteries and wind turbines and solar panels produced in china.
i want them produced right here in new hampshire. i want them made right here in america, and we can do that. number three, we have to make it a national mission to educate our kids and train our workers better than anybody else in the world. i want to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers because we know that's an area where we can't afford to fall behind. i want to train 2 million workers at our community colleges for the skills that businesses are hiring for right now. and i want to work with colleges and universities to make sure that tuition does not keep on going up because our young people can't afford the debt that they're taking on. and that's something we can do. number four, my plan will reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years in a balanced way. we're going to cut out spending
we don't need. we have already cut out a trillion worth of spending. we can do more, but i'm also going to ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more so we can invest in the research and technology and education that will keep new jobs and businesses coming to america. and under the guise of reducing the deficit, i will never turn medicare into a voucher system because no american should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of an insurance company. and by the way, i think we saw just this past week, we don't need a whole bunch of politicians in washington, most of whom are male, making health care decisions for women. i don't think your boss or your insurance company should be making those decisions either. i believe women should be making their own health care decisions for themselves.
that's why the health care law we passed put those choices in your hands where they belong, and that's where they'll stay as long as i'm president of the united states. finally, number five, we're going to use the savings from ending the wars in iraq and afghanistan to put our people back to work. do some nation building here at home. let's rebuild our roads, our bridges, our schools. let's lay broadband lines into rural communities all across the country. and as we're doing that, we're going to be putting our veterans back to work. we've got to serve them as well as they served us. because nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their head or the care that they have earned when they come home. that's the plan we need, new
hampshire. that's how you build a strong, sustainable economy. that's how you make sure that middle class jobs that pay a good wage are out there. that's how you encourage new businesses to start here and stay here in america. that's how you increase take-home pay, not just by talking about it. that's how you build an economy where everybody who works hard can get ahead. and that's what we can do together. here's the thing, new hampshire. it's now up to you. it's your choice. it's up to the young people who are here to choose a future that is worthy of all your dreams. it's up to the not so young people here, including me, i'm included in that category, to make sure that we're leaving the kind of america we want for future generations. you know, you can choose the top
down policies that got us into this mess, but i think we need to build on the policies that are helping us to make real progress all across this country. you can choose a foreign policy that reckless and wrong or you can choose the kind of leadership that i provided, that's steady and strong. you can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for women and immigrants or in this election, you can stand up for that basic principle enshrined in our founding documents that all of us are created equal. black, white, hispanic, asian, native american, young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight, able, disabled, no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you've got a place in america. you can make it here if you try. that's what we believe.
new hampshire, we've been through tough times. but we've been through tough times before and we're tougher. we always come out on top. we always bounce back. because we pull together, because we look after one another. because we don't leave anybody behind. because when we succeed, we prop that door open and bring those who are following behind us. we pull them through. that's who we are. our destiny is not written for us. it's written by us. we don't go backward. we look forward. to that distant horizon, to that new frontier. we imagine a better america, and then we work hard to make it happen. that's who we are. that's why i'm asking for your vote. and if you give me your vote, i promise you, you will always have a president who hears your
voices, who will fight for your families, who will spend every waking moment thinking about how to make your life a little better. new hampshire, i still believe in you. i need you to keep believing in me. and if you're willing to work with me and roll up your sleeves with me, knock on some doors with me, make some phone calls for me, we'll win new hampshire again, we'll finish what we started, and we'll remind the world why the united states of america is the greatest nation on earth. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. >> all right, president barack obama in new hampshire calling his promise to america steady and strong. spelling out his accomplishments and then reaffirming his pledges for the next four years. we have our political team in
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overseas. our white house correspondent is there traveling with the president. the president almost has become a res dnlt there in new hampshire given he's been there so many times. why so many times? >> this is the tenth time he's been here just this year, fred, and even though as you say it's only four electoral votes, that's just a testament to the fact that no single electoral vote is taken for granted by either campaign. four electoral votes, but new hampshire could be pivotal as both of these candidates try to get to 270 votes. this is a state where registering for voting actually ends today. however, voters can register to vote on election day and vote. so president obama really at this point trying to energize people, trying to get out the vote, and the obama campaign feels that even though this was a strong state for mitt romney during the republican primaries, that they have a leg up here
because they have 24 campaign offices to romney's 9. certainly, he's looking toward election day, and this is some place as well that we'll see vice president biden visiting on monday as well. >> so it also seemed as though the president spent a lot less time talking about romney, and spent a lot more time talking about his accomplishments including ending the war in iraq and going after osama bin laden, and spelling out his plan for the next four years. where is his next stop and is this kind of the new speech that is being unfurled here by the president to spend more time on how he sees the next four years and to remind people of what he has done in the last four? >> you know, he did talk about those things, and i also noticed, fred, that he was talking to women as well. something that we have noticed before, but he spent a considerable amount of time
knocking mitt romney and his record as the governor of massachusetts, trying to frame him as someone who raised taxes or fees on the middle class while giving tax cuts to the welty. that's something that was actually new during this speech and really the one thing that really was new that we heard here today in new hampshire. president obama, this is his only event today, fred, that's true, but from here, he goes, i believe, inside this middle school we're at and he'll be doing a number of interviews. he's got a national television interview, a few radio interviews he's doing. one here for stations in new hampshire, but also for a station in florida and another one in ohio. key battleground states, and then he's going to be back out tomorrow. he was supposed to head out on monday to florida. heading out tomorrow in anticipation of disruptions from the big storm heading our way. and for the first few days of this coming week, he's going to be very busy. right now on his schedule, and this could change depending on the storm, florida, virginia,
ohio, wisconsin. he'll be in colorado and then he'll be back in ohio on wednesday. so a lot of attention, of course, to that key state. he'll be making three stops just in the next few days. >> brianna keilar traveling with the president. thanks so much. later on today in the 4:00 eastern hour, we'll be taking the comments of candidate mitt romney who will be spending time in kissimmee, florida, as he continues to campaign and stump for support. we'll have his comments in its entirety at 4:00. in a moment, we're going to go to washington, d.c. another member of our political team will be joining us to talk more about this neck and neck race and how that storm sandy just might impact not just the campaign trail but even the ballot boxes, next.
president barack obama stumping in new hampshire while republican candidate mitt romney later on today will be stumping in florida. but timing couldn't have been worse while they tried to make their last swing through many battleground states, just ten days away from election day with a storm also threatening the atlantic coast. cnn's peter hamby joining us from washington. these candidates, the president and mitt romney, are having to modify their travels as a result of the unpredtability of sandy. how potentially damaging or how impactful just might this be? >> well, we actually just learned that mitt romney has canceled all his virginia events scheduled for sunday and he's going to campaign in ohio with
his running mate, paul ryan, instead. what that means is romney was supposed to campaign in northern virginia and richmond on sunday, two big, bellwether medium markets in virginia and now he's going to be campaigning in three small towns in ohio. it shows you how the storm is impacting the schedule. the flipside is that the storm could potentially, if it's damaging, take president obama off the campaign trail as well and have him come back to d.c. for emergency purposes to be the president of the united states, which we remember is his job. so you know, we have to see how this plays out, but schedules are being adjusted now through tuesday, so far, so we'll see what happens. >> that's as it pertains to the campaigning. then, long term, there are some states, connecticut among them, that have already declared states of emergency, and there are potential scenarios if some of the states take direct hits from the hurricane, power out for days if not more than a
week, then that would impact the electronic balloting for many places, potentially, come tuesday november 6th, election day. what kind of preparations, if any, can be made right now for that? >>achines are used in pennsylvania which may or may not be a battleground, in virginia, new hampshire, those are the key states along the east coast. a bigger question, fred, because it's such a hypothetical right now is just the weather impacting turnout. if the rain continues, our bureau chief reminded me if it takes a western track, it could hit parts of eastern ohio. that's a very rural part of the state. if there's tons and tons of rain in eastern ohio next week, that could be an issue for turnout. and low turnout, you know, traditionally sort of favors republicans who, you know, are more of a high turnout voter set. and it could turn out to effect
the get out the vote operations for both campaigns. the obama campaign is relying on their ground operation, on getting presidential year voters out to the polls. if power is out across the eastern seaboard states, people might be more concerned with food and power and energy, perhaps, rather than getting to the polls. that could be a problem. >> we're all watching. thanks so much. we appreciate that from washington. >> so folks are indeed getting ready for the worst all up and down the eastern seaboard. for hurricane sandy, we'll get an update on its track next. [ male announcer ] citi turns 200 this year.
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areas that feels like it's in the bull's eye when there's a threatening storm along the coast. george is there. we're seeing this roughed up surf there, but the people feel like they're going to get a direct hit or a serious brush from sandy? >> they're definitely expecting to feel the impact of the storm, fredricka. just to tell you about what's happening right now. we're feeling the rain. again, earlier, we had the showers coming down on and off rainshowers, not too bad. winds 20, 25 miles per hour. now i can tell you it's that sw sideways rain, pelting rain that's coming in. the winds have picked up just a bit. we can definitely tell the storm is moving into this area. when you drive around this area, you don't find a lot of homes boarded up. i talked to a couple people here, longtime residents. they say the big concern for them is this, it's not necessarily the wind that's coming in. it's how much water this storm
system pushes into the area. they're concerned about flooding, about storm surge. people are preparing by finding high ground and keeping a close eye on the radar. >> very good. thanks so much, george. appreciate that in kill devil hills, north carolina. >> next, we're heading north to virginia. what are being doing there to prepare for this impending storm? [ ross ] we are in the dades gorge, high up in the atlas mountains of morocco. have you seen this road we're going down? ♪
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all right, our reporters are in place, tracking the storm called sandy. athena jones is in alexandria, virginia. right now, it looks great behind you. no weather changes, no rain, no wind. but it's what could potentially happen that people are preparing for. and what would that be, athena? >> hi, fred. that's right, we're here in old town, along the shore of the potomac river. maryland is just across the way and d.c. is up the way. this is an area that floods very, very easily even if it's not a tropical storm or a hurricane, just your typical storm. folks here are taking it seriously. it looks good, but they're stocking up. businesses are stocking up with sand bags. people are going and getting batteries, clearing out one
hardware store we talked to, c and d batteries, water, tarps, that sort of thing in order to prepare in case the power goes out for some time. i can tell you across the state of virginia, the governor has declared a state of emergency. you have state police that are prepositioned along the eastern shore as well as virginia national guard troops on stand by and ready to help with anything that should come about, whether it's tree removal or clearing road ways or security patrol if some of these folks end out without power. so people are preparing just as folks are up and down the coast. >> there has been some early voting taking place in virginia as well as neighboring marbland beginning today. so in maryland, as people head to the polls early, what are they also keeping in mind weather-wise? what are they doing? >> well, certainly they're doing some of the same things we have seen people doing here. they were handing out sand bags in annapolis as well as
washington, d.c. and virginia national guard folks were preparing sand bags to hand out. up and down, they're doing similar things. we saw a video of people in baltimore going ahead and securing their boats in ports to make sure they're sheltered from the storm. peag are preparing, hoping they don't get the biggest brunt of it, but we know we could get several inches, up to a foot of rain in this immediate area, so they're preparing for that. >> athena jones, thanks so much. we're going to find out exactly where the storm is now and what its track is expected to be. bonnie schneider will be joining us right after this. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time,
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the movement at the northeast, it's a hurricane at 75 miles per hour. it possibly may intensify, will grow in terms of intensity over the next couple of days. that's something we're watching very closely. let's take a look at what we can expect from the storm system. first i want to show you the radar picture now, and you'll see heavy rain working its way across coastal sections of north carolina all the way down to charleston. we're starting to get the heavy bands of thunderstorms rolling on through. that will continue as we go through a good portion of much of the evening hours. our forecast rainfall totals show some of the heaviest rain will work its way through the delmarv delmarva. this is over the course of days because the system is slow moving and so large, so flooding is going to be a huge concern with this storm as it continues to work its way onshore. as we take a closer look at some of the winds, you'll see that the winds are gusting now and picking up quite a bit, almost to tropical storm force strength in wilmington to savannah.
those are likely to intensify with gusts going into sunday and monday all the way up to new york city and they could get as high as 70 miles per hour. keep in mind, even whether you have a tropical storm force gust, you can see a lot of wind damage. we're looking for a major way of power outages across much of this region. in fact, put this into motion. watch this spread out from scattered to widespread to extensive power outages. i would advise everyone right now inyou're in this vicinity, you will be impacted by sandy and it's important to make sure you're prepared. have enough food and water for three days per person per household and don't forget your pets and make sure you have flashlights because power outages will be a big issue with this storm. >> oh, my goodness. good warning. thanks so much. appreciate that. so what are some of your favorite political movies? maybe the american president, perhaps. our movie critic ranks her favorite political films. see how hers match up with yours. from local communities to local businesses.
like what the market is doing and being ready, no matter what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. a continues. we're ten days away from election day, and rotten tomatoes senior editor grae drake joins us from los angeles with a slightly different countdown. her top three political films. good to see you. >> hello. >> so a lot of folks feel like they need a break from the polls, the election analysis, but they don't want to get too far away from it. they're still interested in a presidential race, this one especially, but they also want
to see, you know, how it's all been depicted on the big screen and even dvd. so you've got three on your list of the best political films. let's begin with i guess this would be three. number three "ides of march", that's your number three? >> i didn't think it was a perfect film. i thought it was a little ham fisted, but overall, george clooney directed this movie that's about the optimism of youth getting crushed under the boot of age and treachery all during the ohio primary elections. now, ryan gosling stars as like a junior campaign manager for george clooney, and he finds out a horrible secret and the movie is really fun to watch. it's just the right amount of classy and gossipy. >> that was a pretty good one, i must say. your number two, "the candidate.
"why? >> because robert redford is one of the world's best actors and i totally buy him in the senate race. he's a democratic candidate who is brought in to lose, basically, against a republican candidate. when he finds out exactly how badly he's losing, he starts to broaden his message as he gets, so he gets more people to vote for him in the polls. and it's just the right amount of hilarity combined with, you know, a really interesting tone that still rings true today. >> okay, and now, bringing us to the big number one, kngrae draks number one pick, best political movie, it would be what? >> it would be "the best man" starring henry fonda and cliff robertson. this is not very often talked about but it's such a spectacular film because it's based on a play that was written by gore vidal. he did the screen play for this.
pairing henry fonda and cliff robertson up against each other as competing for the democratic presidential nomination, they actually leave it unspecified in the film to be a little more proper, but they're both very flawed characters. nobody is exactly demonized in the film. that kind of writing kind of has a little bit of optimism about it. it's very true, just like the candidate, and i love this movie. it was definitely well received in '64, and henry -- fun fact, by the way, ronald reagan was being considered for one of the roles but producers didn't think he seemed presidential enough. >> oh, my gosh. >> and i know some people today who would agree with them. >> something about the classic films, there's lots of nuances. sometimes that's what makes them so memorable and good, too. let's take a quick peak and listen to "the best man." >> to get here, some men will
stop at nothing. >> what is all this crap? a few years ago, your candidate had what is known as a nervous breakdown. >> okay. grae, thank you so much for your picks. you're going to be back next week and we're going to talk about presidential picks but on the more comedic side, right? >> it's a sdaet. i'm grae drake and i approve these movies. >> very good. we're always glad you do. thanks so much. appreciate it. from rottentomatoes.com. if you want to see her rating -- shad we ca should we call it a rating? you need to go to rottentomatoes.com. >> a monster of a storm on the move. we'll have live coverage of hurricane sandy, more of it and its impact and where it's heading next in a few minutes.
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preparing for the wrath of hurricane sandy. the potential superstorm is expected to skrech from north carolina to maine and could cost billions of dollars of damage. it's about 350 miles off the coast of south carolina with winds at 75 miles per hour. this storm is so big it could actually have an impact on the presidential election. it's already forcing the candidates to change their campaign stops. we've got reporters in place tracking the storm for us. athena jones is in alexandria, virginia. and george howell is there in kill devil hills, north carolina. let's start with you, george, where we see the winds have picked up and so has the surf. what's it feeling like there? >> yeah, winds definitely have picked up here, and we're starting to feel the rain. earlier, it was just rain showers that were coming down. now we're feeling that sideways wind, a clear indication the storm is moving closer to us. in fact, this area on the outer banks, we'll really be along the front lines seeing the storm as
it pushes inland. again, we know that this area remains under a flash flood watch and a tropical storm warning. when you drive up and down the streets, though, you find there aren't a lot of homes boarded up, windows boarded up. i talked to a few people about that. they say that the reason, their concern is more about the water, that this storm pushes in, the storm surge. they're concerned about flooding on the roads, for instance, highway 12, the main road that goes north-south along the outer banks, they're worried that could be washed out, parts of it, as happened back with irene. people are paying close attention to the radar, watching the track of the storm. just to see how it affects this area. >> but clearly, george, the streets are pretty dezrted around there, are they not? a lot of vacation homes, as you mentioned, some folks who are living there kind of part time. of those who have decided to kind of wait out the storm, are you hearing very much from them? >> they're seeking higher
ground. they're not leaving the island. some people have left, but a lot of people are staying to ride the storm out, going to hotels, going to areas around the outer banks here where they know it's higher ground. they also know the spots that flood. and that's what they're keeping an eye on. >> thanks so much, george. we'll check back with you momentarily. meantime, let's head north now. virginia is one of the places that is also concerned about what the storm could bring. athena jones is in a really beautiful part of virginia, northern virginia now, old town alexandria where it looks great. people are out shopping, doing the cafes, enjoying the fall weather. it's what could potentially happen next that they're also bracing for, right? >> that's right, fredricka. it looks pretty nice out here, but people are still taking this seriously. they're stocking up on supplies, and here in old town, which is just along the banks of the potomac river, across from washington, d.c., this is an area that floods really, really
easily, even in a typical rain storm. for some contact, this is about 9 foot above sea level, 10, 11, and we have spoken to local police who told us back in 2003 with hurricane isabel, the flooding went all the way up to where you see that trolley up there. you can see all of the businesses that could be affected if there is as much flooding and as much rain as we expect to get. let me show you what one business here is doing to prepare. they're stocking up on sand bags here. i'll show you. this is a thai restaurant. here are the sand bags they have piled up, ready, because we're really just a few yards from the potomac river. people are also stocking up on batteries and flashlights, candles and tarps, clearing out one of the local hardware stores we spoke with, out of batteries. they're getting ready for what could be as much as 12 inches of rain. >> oh, boy. okay, well, folks are bracing. at the same time, they're trying to juggle their responsibilities as a citizen and trying to take advantage of early voting.
are they out in full force there in virginia and maryland today despite the pending weather? >> they are here in virginia. they call it early in-person absentee voting. they can do that. there are people getting ready to do that. there are also people add the farmer's market handing out flyers and trying to win over support for romney or obama. people are using this day not only to geout and get their water and their flashlights and candles but certainly some of them are also voting as well. in virginia, there's not any expectation there's going to be huge disruptions. the good thing is we still are more than a week away. so maybe they won't all be able to early vote as early as they wanted to, but at least there's time to catch up with that in virginia. >> very good. thanks so much, athena jones in alexandria, virginia. let's go to the severe weather center and talk more about this storm. hurricane sandy. bonnie schneider is there with us now. a lot of forecasters have said they havep seen anything like
this, or they anticipate this will be a record breaking kind of storm because you're really talking about three systems kind of converging, this hurricane, talking about the jet stream, and talking about this cold front all potentially colliding and that's what makes it so potentially threatening? >> that's why a lot of people are comparing it to the perfect storm in 1991. i want to show you the dynamics you just mentioned and we have it here. first, you have high pressure well off to the northern atlantic. there's the storm and there's the secr jet stream with low pressure working into the midwest. as we advance it and watch for landfall somewhere in the vicinity of the mid-atlantic and we'll get a better idea as we get the 5:00 advisory. what i want to point out is the way the dynamics are set up, we're seeing more of a steering mechanism that the models are in agreement, a north easterly turn will occur. the question is when will it occur and where will landfall be? behind it, we have much colder air. a deep trough building in.
with that colder air, this storm is not only going to bring a lot of rain and flooding, but it's going to bring snow. when you have rain, snow, and wind, there's one thing that all brings about, and that's power outages. this is going to be a long lasting event. that's why i'm advising everyone to take your preparations now before the storm gets worse. and it will. you can see that right now hurricane sandy has maximum winds at 75 miles per hour. it's a large storm, expannive. we're already feeling the effects of it. first it goes out into the atlantic. if only it would keep going out in that direction, but that's not the forecast. the computer models show that curve somewhere here near the delmarva. by the time we get to monday, and then landfall will likely occur some time monday, possibly into early tuesday. then the storm sticks around. we saw a lot of flooding in the northeast when we had hurricane isaac and hurricane irene, rather. we're going to see the potential for flooding away from the coast, and further inland as well. here's where the heaviest rain is right now. you can see it across the outer
banks, down through charleston, getting hit hard with rain. if you're traveling, you're definitely experiencing that. looking at the forecast computer modelser really heavy rain across the outer banks. over the next 48 hours, 10 inches or nor. that's a lot of rain that's not going anywhere. that's why a lot of the emergency management offices are advising to clear out your storm drains, if you have loose leaves, get rid of them because it's going to promote more flooding. just a quick look, you can see the winds are picking up along the southeast coast. >> thanks so much, bonnie schneider. >> we have another perspective on hurricane sandy and how it has meant so many states have declared states of emergency. nick is with us now on that. >> three days away from landfall, fred, and already we're seeing these anxiety starting to materialize for the people going to be in the areas that are going to potentially be effected by what is now hurricane sandy, back and forth all morning between tropical storm and now hurricane sandy. let's break it down by the numbers. we have 75-mile-per-hour
sustained winds. you see the winds, what they're causing there in places like north carolina. that's causing a lot of fears and concerns for people like the national guard. i spoke to the national guard earlier this morning. they've got 61,000 personnel on the ready up and down the eastern seaboard. they -- positioned people in states that have declared states of emergency, places like maryland, pennsylvania, new york. right now, we have seven states plus the district of columbia that have issued states of emergency and no mowhere are th fears more apparent than north carolina. you saw george with those waves in the background. we have 40 counties in north carolina declaring a state of emergency. that's up and down the eastern part of the state, down the 95 corridor, and this is a fatal storm. we have spoken to several first responders in haiti. it's gotten hit pretty hard. 29 haitians have died as a result of sandy. that death toll now around 45, at least 45 people dead because
of hurricane sandy. and with those that are powering through the storm, they could expect to be without power. there's estimates that as many as 10 million people in the northeast could be without power, and it's not going to last a short period of time, either. this is going to be a sustained power outage, about seven to ten days. maybe as much as two weeks according to the edson electrical institute. this is a very expensive storm. cnn weather center has estimated this damage just in wind, not in flooding, but just in wind to be $3.2 billion. $3.2 billion is a lot of money and i'm sure the estimates will get a lot higher. >> and a lot of communities along the atlantic coast who could be hit by the storm this go-around, just a few months ago, they were dealing with major power outages for up to a week. some people rebounding from that. and here we go again. thanks so much for keeping us posted on that. folks know what likely, possibly to expect. appreciate it. >> meantime, we're going to talk
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armstrong was a drug cheat. part of an organized conspiracy by the u.s. postal service team to dupe the public and fool the authorities. >> the totality of the evidence is overwhelming. you're looking at the bernie madoff of sports. this is the biggest fraud in the history of sports, the biggest. he couldn't have done it alo. >> it involved big money, then of course the cheats come around. >> reporter: lance armstrong entered cycling as a fresh young competitor, full of enthusiasm, but limited in his all-around about. his mentor was an australian racer phil anderson. >> did he strike you as a cyclist who could win the tour de france? >> for me, no. to be a good tour rider, you have to be a good time trialest and a good mountain climber, and
he wasn't particularly strong in those two areas. to me, he didn't have what it took in those early years. >> reporter: lance armstrong was then with the american motorola team, so, too, was new zealander steven. steven says that in 1995, when phil anderson had left the team, the riders complained that their european opponents were doping. >> did you talk with lance armstrong about the need to start using epo to be competitive? >> we had -- we had a discussion about it, yeah. >> what did mr. armstrong say? >> he did say, if we're going to do the tour, we've got to -- we've got to perform. we need the results. >> what did that mean? >> i think he -- you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out, you know. if we're going to be
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flooding, and widespread power outages, potentially. and it may be a small state, but new hampshire's four electoral votes could make a major difference come election day. which is why president barack obama leaving nothing to chance, paid another visit there this afternoon. his tenth. >> running around saying he's got a five-point plan for the economy. turns out it's a one-point plan. folks at the very top get to play by a different set of rules than you do. they get to pay lower tax rates, out pch sour outsource jobs. they want to let wall street run wild, make reckless bets with other folks' money. that was his philosophy as ceo. that was his philosophy as governor, and as president clind clinton said ehoorx does have a lot of brass. he's not talking about big change, but he's offering a rerun of the policies that created so much hardship for so
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inequalities in the work place? >> the candidates failed to address the question head on in the second debate. instead, offering generalities. >> women are increasingly the bread winners in the family. this is not just a women's issue, this is a family issue, a middle class issue. >> and one phrase that quickly took on a life of its own. >> i have binders full of women. >> still, there's evidence that the pay gap is real. a new study shows female college graduates earn just 82 cents for every dollar than male counter parts make their first year out of college. >> the pay gap has real implications for women. it can add up to over $500,000 over a lifetime. >> even when career choice and hours worked were taken into account, men still earned 7% more than women in the same field a year after graduating. suggesting discrimination is still a problem in the work place. this woman is worried about what the gap can mean for her as she
attempts to pay off $20,000 in student debt. >> these statistics say i'm going to have a much more difficult time. that's something that will stay in the back of my mind. >> among the recommendations to women trying to close the gap, learn something about negotiating. studies show men are more likely than women to push for a higher salary. still, study co-author kristen corbett said it won't solve everything if women are offers less from the start. they need to increase salary trance pairacy and the candidate should pay more attention to the issue. >> this election is all about jobs and the economy. but for women, it's actually not only about getting a job but getting a job with fair and honest pay. >> with just days to go in the 2012 campaign, time is running out for equal pay to get equal play. athena jones, cn nrk, washington. >> and social media once again has a huge factor, rather was a huge factor in 2008 and this year, there's another game changer. find out how technology is
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the internet and technology have become major players in the presidential election. social media played a huge role in the 2008 election. this year, there's another breakthrough in technology. our tech reporter laurie siegel is here to tell us all about it. good to see you, laurie. >> good to see you. >> technology this go around effecting the election cycle how? >> look, you had back in 2008, you had twitter, you had facebook. you know, that's nothing new. you also had youtube, but what
is really new is people really trying to take advantage of those facebook likes, the mentions, and it sounds simple to say, but the technology, it's data, utilizing all this data and being able to target voters. we went and spoke with someone who is a technallgist on the 2008 campaign with obama. we asked what was going to be the break through technology. listen to what he had to say, fredricka. >> dwoun 12, there's a huge opportunity to take things like facebook data or offline donation data or donation data or actions on the website, putting that all together into one cohesive system and then running experiments and optim e optimizing the process. >> so that was dan, he came from google. he went to the obama campaign to build the technology, but he's an entrepreneur in every sense because he built the technology that targeted voters. it looks completely different than when i went to the site
based on what you're clicking on. but he commercialized technology and romney is using it as well as obama. so really it's anyone's game. everybody is looking to use data to get a leg up in the election. >> what kind of data are we talking about and in what form is it being transformed or used to a candidate's advantage? >> yeah, look, there's so much information now on something like facebook. you have so many people talking about the issues in different states. so many people talking about certain things on twitter. you havo many people reacting certain ways to certain messages on mybarackobama.com and the romney site. it's about utilizing that and being able to take it and target the voters with a certain message and that kind of thing. >> come election day, there are tools available for voters? >> yes, sure. there are going to be tons of tools. i think really this last-minute push, if you look at obama, a lot of people last night received a dm, direct message on
twitter from michelle obama, from @obama2012. they sent out e-mails to get on facebook and tell people who you're voting for. we're seeing the last-minute social media pushes to get people talking about the issues and interested in them. cnn, we have one that is great to look at. it's called facebook insight. you can actually going on our site. you can actually see who is talking about different candidates. right now what you're looking at, you can view who is talking about obama in north carolina. who's talking about romney in north carolina. you can see where the issues are going and who is kind of getting a leg up in the swing states. we also have one called the campaign explorer where you can see how much these candidates are spending on ads. i kind of geek out over this one, because you see how many times obama is visiting a certain swing state, how many times romney has gone to a different place and how much each of them are paying for advertising and the ads last-minute.
>> it's extraordinary and a whole lot of money spent on that campaign trail overall. we know, like a billion and a half at least. all right, laurie, thanks so much. good to see you. appreciate that. for more high-tech ideas and reviews, go to cnn.com/tech and look for the gaming and gadgets tab. >> and every saturday, we bring you information on technology, new and all the stuff that impacts your life at around this time. president barack obama helping to bail out the troubled auto industry, but does that mean he'll get the vote of autoworkers? ♪ introducing the new 13-inch macbook pro, ♪ with the stunning retina display. ♪
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october showed the same four-point gap. so the auto bailout is a big issue in the buckeye state, and it's boosted president obama's standing there, but on a trip to two ohio towns this summer, cnn's poppy harlow found two dramatically different views among current and former autoworkers. >> how is the economy doing here in warren, ohio? >> i'm trying to think of a different way to say horrible. >> the economy is doing fine in god's country. >> you voted for president obama in 2008. what about this year? >> not a chance. >> warren, ohio, and lordstown, ohio. two towns 15 minutes apart with two very different stories. does this town really revolve around the gm plant? >> yes. >> no question? >> no question. >> we meant sherry gaunt in lordstown, long time gm worker and vice president of the local united autoworkers. >> look where gm is now. if the government didn't step
in, might not be working, might not have a job. >> here at gm's lordstown, ohio, plant, they're cranking out the chevy cruz. they're got from one shift of 100 workers to three shifts with 4500 workers today. but like most autoworkers these days, she felt the pain of the layoffs. >> how much does it play into politics for you in this election? >> it means everything. >> everything? >> everything. we're doing real well right now. >> her coworkers told us a similar story. who are you supporting for president? >> obama. >> why? >> because he's for the working class. and he helped with the bailout. >> it speaks about his dar character, speaks about his concern for us. >> in warren, ohio, some former autoworkers are angry. >> i was one of the innovators. bruce worked for delphi for 34 years, a senior engineer,
nonunion. >> what did the auto bail out mean to you? >> the effect on me and my family is a loss of all my health care insurance, a loss of all my life insurance, a reduction of my pension by 30% for the rest of my life. >> he and his fellow delphi retirees think they have been thrown under the bus by the obama administration. >> he certainly didn't protect my pension. i was just road kill, and to be kicked to the curb and out of the way. >> bruce said he and thousands of salaried delphi retirees saw that pensioned slashed and lost their health and insurance benefits as part of the deal so delphi could emerge from bankruptcy in 2009. general motors needed its biggest supplier, delphi, to be healthy. what are you fighting for right now? what do you want to see? >> the full restoration of our pension. >> he's fighting here and in washington. >> simply put, our decades of effort for the company were considered to be valueless to
this administration. >> the retierees have sued to gt their pensions back, but the case is moving slowly. when they heard we were coming to town, a group of retirees and their families showed up. raise your hand if you supported president obama in the last election. raise your hand if you're supporting president obama this year. >> he didn't bail us out. he left us behind. >> i lost 40% of my pension, all my health care and life insurance. for the 1st time in my life, my husband and i this spring asked for the republican party ticket. >> president obama and mitt romney will keep campaigning hard in auto towns like warren and lordstown, looking for every vote they can get as the tight race in ohio could very well decide who wins the presidency. poppy harlow, cnn, ohio. all right, some other stories we're watching today. italy's ex-prime minister said he wants to get back in politics, quote, to reform the justice system, end quote.
that will be tough for berlusconi to do right now since he's supposed to go to prison for four years. a court sentenced him friday on a conviction of tax evasion. he says he will appeal. there's been a massive breach of social security information in south carolina. officials say the social security numbers of more than 3.5 million taxpayers may have been stolen after a state computer server was hacked. the breach was discovered october 10th and the system was secured ten days later. thousands of credit card numbers were also effected. an investigation is under way. >> and senate majority leader harry reid has been released from the hospital after getting into a car cash in las vegas. the accident happened when vehicles ahis motorcade crashed with a civilian vehicle. he's suffered rib and hip contusions, but we're told he's in good condition. >> and warnings ignored. that's a finding from the food and drug administration
investigating the meningitis outbreak killing twoiev peopl25 people. mold and bacteria had been reported nearly 90 times from the center. the fda said it has found no evidence the company ever responded to the warnings. and the detroit tigers are hoping home field advantage will help them get a win tonight in game three of the world series. they're 2-0 against the san francisco giants. it's going to be a rather chilly one. game time temperatures will be in the 30s. he was born with only one arm, but that didn't stop him from playing top-level college basketball. the man behind this remarkable story next. i'm so glad you called. thank you. we're not in london, are we? no. why? apparently my debit card is. what? i know. don't worry, we have cancelled your old card.
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ten years old. so his mom fought to find kevin a coach who would mentor him. a new documentary called "long shot" showed his story. >> i do hope it can see me. >> most coaches told me i would be a major d-1 player, but since i don't have two hands, they're saying i would be a major d-2 player. >> you still want to go on? >> kevin low, joining me now, good to see you, kevin. >> thank you for having me. >> it is such an inspiring story, yours and that told through this documentary "long shot" one of inspiration, determination all of it wrapped
up into one. so how did your life story end up into this documentary? >> well, i did get the division one scholarship. i don't want to ruin too much of the film. i became the first division one player with one hand. it has been an incredible achievement and opened up so many opportunities to inspire and help others, worldwide and internationally, as well, which is unbelievable. >> and what was it about basketball, and you? i mean, from a very early age you were determined to become that d-1 player, you didn't care to hear from people who said you know what? you're a lefty, but you're playing with your right hand, and you know, a lot of coaches were concerned that you couldn't be a competitive player or play consistently, but in the end, you were able to prove so many wrong. >> yeah, that is the truth. maybe it was my red hair, a little stubborn, but really, to be honest with you i did well in
other sports, basketball, baseball, and the first time i tried out i got cut. that was in seventh grade, so for me, it ignited something within me to play even more, and prove to people who had doubts. and in the meantime, i fell in love with the sport, had a journey, it was incredible. >> you talk about it being ignited in you, but somehow you ignited others, as well, your mom being one. who said you know, i want to make sure this opportunity is extended to you in middle school, high school, and beyond. and so somewhere along the line the connection was made between your family and the coach, patrick mcknight, who was able to see in you your talent. he didn't see a problem, or a disability, if anything, he saw this is a 6'9" kid, and i want this 6'9" kid to play ball, how did him giving you a shot change
your life? change your game? >> well, honestly, it was hard. my father passed away at ten, and me and mcknight, we're still very close, we joke about how he is my daddy, he always said that. he says it in the film, as well. he took a chance on me when other coaches wouldn't. and i was going through an awkward age, uncoordinated. he and my mother, you point that out, instilled a sense of toughness in me, once you start something you don't give up. you don't listen to people who doubt you, you strive to be that, despite other's opinions. >> so kevin, it was maybe three since you last saw coach patrick mcknight, is that right? >> i saw him over the summer, yeah, we're still close, but ye yeah, i went to school for three
years out in manhattan college, and a year in virginia before that. once again, don't want to give too much away in the film, so people can see it for themselves. >> people really do need to see the documentary. it really was so wonderful. we want to bring the two of you together, coach mcknight, from bend, oregon, i know there is so much electricity between you, i'll kind of step out of it a little bit if there is something you all want to say to one another. because it seems as though you have inspired each other. do i have that right, coach? >> yeah, you got that right. >> can you kind of pretend that we're not here? >> i love surprises. >> it has been way too long, brother, i missed you. we did a world premier last night, it was a phenomenal event, family and friends came together, i missed you, man, are you still in oregon? >> yeah, i am still in oregon, i moved a little bit north. but i missed you, too, i can't wait to see the documentary.
i can't wait to see you. you know, it has -- i miss you, bro. >> oh. >> it means the world to me, man, i love you so much, honestly, without you i wouldn't have made it this far, and never been able to inspire others, i can't thank you enough. >> hey, you know what, kev, you just keep doing what you are doing, any time you need something, you just give the coach a call. and you know, i'll be there for you, and i appreciate all you have done for me and my family. and i wish you the best in everything. and i hope this works out for you, i really do. and again, i love you, anything you need, you can always call coach mcknight, you know me, i'm your daddy. >> oh, that is so sweet. well, guys we only have like 15 seconds left, but i do want to ask you, coach, what was there, a way to e -- you saw something
in him, his ability, his heart, you saw something. >> he showed up, you know, and for him to show up and to not look at the other kids and feel down on himself, it gave me a little bit. honestly, i didn't even know the kid had one arm until he showed up to the tryouts. and i didn't even see the one arm until my assistant coach told me, one arm, what does it matter, man, the kid is 6'9", you got to keep a 6'9" kid, there is just no way you can let him go off, i just feel bad he was kicking my butt for three years. >> oh, fantastic, well, coach patrick mcknight, thank you so much for joining us, kevin low, we appreciate it, your story is so inspiring on all levels, of course, we didn't give it away. people can check out your documentary. it is making limited appearances across the country and it really is fantastic.
a long shot. thank you so much to both of you gentlemen for being an inspiration. your relationship and your commitment to sport, and just great comraderie. >> thank you so much, i appreciate it. >> all right, thank you so much, guys. all right, ten days to go, and yeah, we're back on the presidential trail. mitt romney is chris-crossing florida. he needs the 29 electoral votes in order to win. he is about to hold a rally there in the next hour. and we're taking you live to florida, next.
it is the top of the hour, you're in the cnn news room, i'm fredricka whitfield. welcome back. and a monster storm setting its sights on the east coast, and many are bracing for impact. forecasters say sandy could be one of the largest, most destructive hurricanes in recent history. and right now it is about 300 miles off the south carolina coast, expected to make landfall early sometime next week. the national guard has been deployed in virginia, and several states, plus the district of columbia are already under states of emergencies. covering the stories from all angles in just moments, we'll be
joined by athena johnson in alexandria, virginia, bonnie schneider will have the latest from "the weather center." so the hurricane has forced the presidential candidates to change their plans, as well, both planning not to go to virginia as scheduled. but today they're in other battleground states. president obama just wrapped up a rally in new hampshire, he won that state in 2008 and wants to keep it in his column. we'll go to new hampshire for more in just a couple of moments. and mitt romney, focusing on florida, he has already been to pensacola today, and scheduled to hold a rally in kissimmee in about four hours, stay with us, we'll have that entire speech for you, live. all right, now back to hurricane sandy, which is still a few 100 miles off the east coast. and we're already seeing the effects. meteorologist bonnie schneider is watching sandy for us, and how potentially damaging and
strong might this storm get? >> yes, strong and damaging for days. and that is really the problem when you talk about the widespread storm that is likely to intensify in its scope. the winds at 75 miles an hour, the maximum winds, that is not really the problem, the size of the storm and the millions possibly impacted by it is the story about hurricane sandy. landfall looks tighter, in terms of the consensus, possibly somewhere south of new jersey, winds strong throughout this region. we're also looking at long lasting flooding rains, a lot of rains. the rains are already beginning now. it is saturday evening, you can see the heavier rain across north carolina, all the way down to charleston. if you're driving i would advise not to do that. especially in the overnight, the rain will only get worse, so the computer models, updating this,
it is fascinating to see where it is going, looking at norfolk, virginia, possible rain over the outer banks, the rain is just going to keep coming and coming. so is the wind, and the wind is likely to cause a lot of power outages. it will be widespread all the way to pennsylvania, even upstate new york could be impacted by the storm. so when you talk about the power outages, it could be severe, lasting for days. so i would say get your supplies ready now, just in case you lose power. and transportation could be likely impacted. we'll talk more about this and other areas of sandy, in just a bit. meanwhile, along the north carolina coast, that is where our george howell is, in kill devil hills. it is windy, bring us up to date. >> reporter: fredricka, every hour it seems to get worse and
worse, you know, just an hour ago i told you about the side-ways rain, that pelting rain, we're seeing that. also the wind has picked up, evidenced by what you see on the water getting rougher and rougher as the day goes on. but when you talk to people here, fredricka, and this is very interesting. it seems to be business as usual here on the island, along the outer banks. in fact, i talked to a couple of people who are riding out the storm, at this hotel where we'll be staying. they're here for a wedding that happened today. also when you drive up and down the streets here, yeah, you don't find a lot of homes with the boarded up windows. that is because people have homes, but don't live here, some have decided to go to higher ground and stay in hotels. but it comes to this, there is no mandatory evacuation, fredricka. and when you look back at what happened with irene, there was a mandatory evacuation, they're waiting to hear if that becomes
the case. but people are keeping very close sight of the radar, watching the storm, making sure that they have a plan in place, should things get worse here. >> all right, george howell in kill devil hills. let's head to virginia, and old town, where quite the contrast, it is dry there, people eating ice cream as they walk out there. however, athena, they are making preparations for what could come next, right? >> reporter: that is right, fredricka, we're here in old town, this is a lower area that floods very easily. we're hearing that amount, 2, 3 billion, that is focused on wind damage, not even taking into account flooding. and this is one of the areas that floods very, very easily. we were speaking with police here today, they said back in 2003, hurricane isabel, this whole street here, up and down the block, seeing the whole hill
going up, flooded. so the business area could be affected if this area does get several inches of rain over a sustained period of time. we know that local businesses are stocking up on sandbags, and people are going to buy bound y batteries, water and food. in fact, we stopped by a local hardware store, this is what the owner said. >> last time, people lost power for over a week. people were maybe, hey, i should get the batteries now, instead of waiting until they're all gone. >> reporter: and so we saw some empty shelves there, they had a seen posted outside saying they were already out of c and d batteries. we also know that in washington, d.c., authorities there have been handing out sandbags, so everybody is kind of hunkering down, hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, fred. >> i understand, how about nearby maryland? okay, looks like we lost each other. all right, athena jones there in
old town, alexandria, we'll check back there with her throughout the evening. all right, in the meantime, on the campaign trail, president obama, at one time, up by nearly ten points, but can democrats hang on to that state? the obama camp is pinning its hopes on new hampshire. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time,
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romney's speech in kissimmee, he is scheduled to speak at 4:40 or so eastern time. so as we count down the last days to election time, there are key numbers in the battleground state. in new hampshire, it is thinned out now. boy, it was quite the crowd earlier. four electoral votes up for grabs. the president grabbed them back in 2008, and he wants them again. how hard is he working that state. >> reporter: he is working hard, and frankly has to work harder than he did in 2008. he won new hampshire over john mccain by a 10% lead. right now, polls show he has a slight lead, but statistically, the race is tied up between him and mitt romney. and that is why this really pretty small battleground state, the electoral votes, over 270 are needed, is getting a lot of
attention from both candidates. here at this rally, president obama -- he talked about fees that the governor put in place, while he was in charge of the state. here is what the president said. >> there were higher fees for gas. there were higher fees for milk. there were higher fees for blind people who needed to get a certificate that they were blind. he raised fees to get a birth certificate, which would have been expensive for me. >> reporter: so that is a line, fred, that got some laughter here from his crowd of supporters, was not well received. no surprise, by the romney campaign. a spokesperson calling the attack laughable, saying "as governor mitt romney worked with democrats to close a 3 billion deficit, balanced budget by cutting taxes three times, lowered the massachusetts
unemployment rate to 4.7%." this is going to be a really tough race here, fred, and you can tell by how many times the president has visited. two times in two weeks. and we're expecting vice president joe biden, barring the storm affecting his schedule to be here on monday. >> and then from new hampshire, the president is on to quite a few other battleground states, ohio being one of them. virginia, where else? >> reporter: he goes to ohio a few times actually. he is heading tomorrow to florida, a day early in anticipation of the storm. you have florida, virginia, ohio, wisconsin, colorado, then back to ohio, and then we'll see -- he is expected to continue on his travels through tuesday, election day. >> all right, thank you so much, traveling with the president there in new hampshire. so while mitt romney's quest for the white house has been well-documented, and romney's journey has been fascinating, as well, with a series of interviews. you will get a glimpse on her role in the campaign, and how it
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recorded during a ten-day field trip. let's bring in our legal guides, joining us from cleveland, good to see you. and a new york criminal defense attorney and law professor joining us from miami, today. good to see you, as well. >> hi, fred. >> all right, gentlemen, this young man, a junior in pennsylvania has filed this civil rights suit because he says he was the one who was violated. a sexual encounter he had with somebody on a ten-day field trip was videotaped. the school ended up suspending him for "inappropriate behavior." so regard, how will he go about saying he was the one who should not be disciplined, but the ones who carried out the videotape. >> this someone was his girlfriend of two years, the last week or day of their trip, they had resolutions, which were
surreptitiously recorded by somebody, shades of tyler clemente in rutgers, the student says please help me, do something here. and they do. they suspend him and his girlfriend and the video maker, who has charges pending in juvenile court. in any event, the school district did not step back for a minute, they didn't appreciate or act on what happened here. they acted insanely, and some moron suspended him and his girlfriend. they will pay the price for this one, fred, trust me, this case will end quickly in a confidential settlement. the school was absolutely wrong here, he did the right thing by seeking protection from the school and help and they turned their back on him. >> so avery, you heard richard, saying the school didn't handle it inappropriately, insanely, he said.
what is the recourse that will take place, likely? >> well, the recourse here actually is under the due process clause here of the amendment. i am so impressed with this young man, i looked at the seven-page rule book of what you're allowed to do in school, and you know what? it is not there. all they had to do, fredricka is give the kid a hearing, they didn't do that so it violated the due process clause. it is a federal case, pending in federal court. i agree he will prevail in this case, only because the school district never gave him a hearing. >> if that disciplineary hearing had taken place, then the dialogue could have been very different at this juncture. >> i believe it would have, there is no federal case, but because they didn't give him a hearing, now the school district is in trouble. the kid has to be responsible for his behavior, so do the adults. that is why the case is in
federal court. >> and we did reach out to the school district superintendent, no comment. >> oh, no, never called back. >> well, the case will proceed and i'm sure we'll be able to follow up on it. avery, richard, always good to see you, thank you so much, gentlemen. our bonus case with the legal guys, don't forget you can catch them every saturday, and noon eastern, and then with a bonus take 4:00 eastern time on saturd saturdays right here on cnn. all right, she was a publiccist who was fed up with the way black people were portrayed in films. and she did something about it. getting huge honors for it. her story, on "black in america" next. introducing the new 13-inch macbook pro, ♪ with the stunning retina display. ♪
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. ava duvernay is the first african-american woman to win the best acting award at the sundance film festival. she said she had to overcome a lot of problems to become an independent black filmmaker. >> my name is ava duvernay, and i'm a black woman filmmaker. >> i can't believe it, ten months early. it is great news. you got everything going for you. you are coming home. >> at this point i have made films that i have written. it takes a lot to make a film. it is lot of brain power, a lot of heart, a lot of your spirit goes into these films. the framing of the shots in my film, the twist of the music, the cadence and rhythm of the element, all of that is coming through who i am. and i'm a sister. so i wear that very proudly. i made a career change from
publicist to filmmaker. for me, as a publicist i had a really great job. but i would be on these film sets in pain, wanting to make my own. i would be asked to make these movies, that were caricature, if you want to be a filmmaker, so for me it was really just about pushing through all of that fear. i think the one thing that drove me, was just never to stay still. like there was something very powerful and amazing. my next film "middle of nowhere," we are pushing that out and excited about the life it was having since we debuted it at sundance, the fact that it is touching people and changing things. so i am really excited about that. i think it has really been a beautiful journey.
because it has all gotten me to where i am right now, feeling beautiful and supported and comfortable and fulfilled. >> and we're also going to continue our coverage of hurricane sandy, it is marching towards the east coast. let's check in again with meteorologist bonnie schneider. >> reporter: well, right now, fredricka, we're still monitoring hurricane sandy, we're feeling the effects from wilmington to charleston, it will only get worse, so the question is what can we expect from hurricane sandy? well, many things, and they're going to last for a long time, including coastal and inland flooding, just not the beaches. large waves, beach erosion. widespread power outages, and this will probably go well into the millions of people losing power, flights cancelled, particularly on monday. fredricka? >> all right, thank you for the heads-up on that one, bonnie. 'l